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Marcus Eriksson Could Be Atlanta Hawks’ Next Shooter

Atlanta Hawks stashed wing Marcus Eriksson led Gran Canaria to quite possibly the biggest triumph in the team’s maiden EuroLeague campaign. More importantly, his shooting virtues were on full display. It took just 17:24 minutes for Eriksson to score 24 points in what was a blowout win against Olympiacos Piraeus. The Swedish swingman shot six-out-of-ten…

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NBA Hopefuls Daryl Morey Likely Scouted in Istanbul

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey attended the EuroLeague Round 26 game between Fenerbahce Beko and Barcelona in Istanbul, Turkey—two squads with talent in abundance and several players potentially appealing to NBA clubs. Apart from a incredibly early ejection for Barcelona coach Svetislav Pesic and a Fenerbahce comeback from 13 points down en route to…

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Former NBA Guard Shane Larkin Just Did Something Very Rare in Europe

A 37-point performance can be found in the NBA on a daily basis. It’s much less common in Europe, especially in the top-tier levels of basketball. In fact, there hadn’t been a player scoring 37 points during a EuroLeague game since Andres Nocioni in 2014. That was before former NBA guard Shane Larkin went off…

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Dairis Bertans Gets His Shot with New Orleans Pelicans

After some flirtations that never went beyond NBA Summer League, Dairis Bertans is finally receiving his opportunity to play in the Association. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony broke the news that the New Orleans Pelicans are in talks with Olimpia Milano’s Latvian sharpshooter, the older brother of San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans. Milano…

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Top 5 European NBA 2019 Draft Prospects

No, there won’t be a “Luka Doncic” or something close in the European contingent of the 2019 NBA Draft. That doesn’t mean the potential overseas harvest isn’t satisfying, though. These five European prospects stand out among the rest due to their potential, talent and/or already proving themselves at a highly competitive scene. Two of them…

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Former NBA Names Who Could Return From Europe This Summer

Let’s take a look at some former longtime NBA-ers currently shining bright enough in EuroLeague to make a case for a potential homecoming this summer. While these players found themselves out of the NBA for different reasons, they each have evolved into highly productive stars in EuroLeague. But is that enough to get them back…

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The NBA’s 8 Eras and Their Effect on Today’s Game

Have you ever been watching a game and heard an announcer talk about the “way the game was meant to be played” or speculated on how some star from today would fare in yesteryear or vice versa? Have you ever seen a debate raging on Twitter when someone weighs in, stipulating: “You can’t compare players…

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Ten Years Later: The Day Boston Celtics’ Dynasty Hopes Buckled

I was a seventeen-year-old staring into a thirteen-inch white Mitsubishi television propped on the dresser in my bedroom. A Celtics fan growing up, my passion for the game (at the NBA level) was reignited by the success of Boston’s Big Three: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. My favorite player, a young Rajon Rondo, colorfully…

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The Forfeited Semifinal: A Chronicle of Greek Hoops Surrealism

“This has never happened to me in the 45 years I’m coaching,” Rick Pitino said while standing in an area designated for post-game interviews, at a short distance from the Panathinaikos locker rooms. The Greek Cup knockout semifinal game between his team and archrival Olympiacos had just been “finished” after just one half due to…

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San Antonio Spurs’ Prospect Adam Hanga Intrigues

78 seconds left in EuroLeague play between Barcelona and Zalgiris Kaunas. Score 73 – 68. The Lithuanian team has the ball and a chance to approach Barcelona swingman Adam Hanga reads the whole thing, showcasing some exceptional overplay defense on Zalgiris forward Aaron White to intercept the pass. He dives on the floor next to…

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